Monday, July 12

A Tale of Two Cities & the French Revolution

July 14, 1789 - The political prison known as the Bastille is stormed in Paris, France.

In the 18th century, France experienced a population explosion that led to crippling unemployment, social distress, and widespread famine.  A National Assembly convened that took drastic measures to abolish feudalism, extend the right to vote to the majority, and contain the Catholic church.  The three years following that convention were dominated by social unrest.

Maximilien Robespierre emerged as a leader, and he sparked the Reign of Terror.  This is the time we think of with Marie Antoinette, guillotines, and 'Off with her head!'  It was a time of fighting for control -- revolutionaries, royals, and Jacobins all vied for power.

Regarded as one of the most important events in human history, the French Revolution began in May 1789 and ran through November 1799.  During this time, Louis the XVI was executed and Napoleon Bonaparte was appointed as the First Consul.  The revolution established the principles of modern democracy...

Our spine read is:

  • A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
    • The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several characters through these events.

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It includes twenty-three unit studies covering a wide range of topics. Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand. These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together.
  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.
  • Language Arts
    • Finding Langston & the Poetry of Langston Hughes
  • Geography
    • Anne of Green Gables & Canadian Provinces
    • Stowaway & Antarctica
    • Julie of the Wolves & Alaska
    • Blades of Freedom & the Louisiana Purchase
    • The Avion My Uncle Flew & France
  • History
    • Zlata’s Diary & the Slavic Wars
    • Freedom Summer & the Summer of 1964
    • Treasure Island & Pirates of the Caribbean Sea
    • Farenheit 451 & Types of Government
    • Red Stars & Russia in World War 2
    • The Great Gatsby & the Roaring Twenties
    • The Long List of Impossible Things & Post-War Germany
    • A Tale of Two Cities & French Revolution
    • Witch of Blackbird Pond & Salem Witch Trials
    • The World Made New & Early Explorers
    • Stitching a Life & Jewish Immigration
  • Life Skills
    • Teetoncey & Lifesaving Skills
    • Freak of the Week & Disabilities Awareness
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins & Sailing
  • Science
    • The Science of Breakable Things & the Scientific Method
    • Frankenstein & Human Anatomy
    • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation & Albert Einstein

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